The Halifax Thunderbirds added yet another veteran to their lineup on Thursday.
The National Lacrosse League team announced the signing of 15-year player Scott Campbell, a defender who most recently played for the Saskatchewan Rush. He agreed to a one-year contract.
“Scott is a proven competitor in this league and knows what it takes to build a great team,” Thunderbirds owner and general manager Curt Styres said in a news release. “He is one of the most respected players in the game and a class act. He possesses all the qualities that you could want in a leader and teammate.”
Prior to his half season in Saskatchewan, Campbell spent the better part of nine years with the Rochester Knighthawks, the team that is relocating to Halifax. He won three straight league titles during that stretch - 2012, 2013 and 2014.
“It was a natural fit for him to re-join us in Halifax, it’s like coming home for Scott and his family,” Styres said in a news release. “The Thunderbirds are excited for the City of Halifax and the Province of Nova Scotia to get to know Scott Campbell and we are proud to have him represent our new brand as a Thunderbird.”
Campbell has also played for Boston, Toronto and Minnesota but his familiarity with the brass from Rochester made a return to the organization an easy choice.
“Curt has to be the most passionate owner in all of lacrosse and you feel that passion as a player through everything the organization does,” Campbell said in a news release. “After discussions with the organization, seeing the excitement, understanding the vision for the team I wanted to be a part of it.”
Campbell has played in 219 career regular season games, including several for Halifax head coach Mike Accursi who moved with the Thunderbirds from Rochester.
“Soupy is an incredible asset to our team,” Accursi said in a news release. “He is a tremendous defenceman and even better leader. His high lacrosse IQ and great communication skills make everyone around him better. He’s in incredible shape and can run the floor and score in transition. I am thrilled to have this workhorse as part of our team.”
The Thunderbirds open play in December. There will be nine home games at the Scotiabank Centre.